Diderot’s ‘Essai sur Sénèque’

Author: W. T. Conroy

Volume: 131

Series: SVEC

Publication Date: 1975

Pages: 167

ISBN: 978-0-7294-0205-7

Price: £35


I. Background to Diderot’s Essai sur Sénèque
A. Classical studies in the eighteenth century
B. The Tradition of Senecan studies
C. The Expectation and reception of Diderot’s Essai
II. The Essai sur Sénèque as a defence of Seneca
A. Diderot’s adaptation of primary texts
B. Diderot’s reconstruction of history
C. Refutation of the critics of Seneca
III. The Essai sur Sénèque as a defence of Diderot
A. Diderot’s affinity with Seneca
B. Further parallels between Seneca and Diderot
C. The Character Seneca and apology
IV. The Essai sur Sénèque as a didactic work
A. Diderot’s manner of instruction
B. Diderot’s thoughts on politics
C. The Character Seneca and moral example
V. The Essai sur Sénèque as literary work
A. The Style of Diderot’s translations
B. The Structure of the Essai
List of works consulted

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